Sunday, May 26, 2013

*SALES* Memorial holiday sales > Until midnight May 27th, get 15% off using code: MDAY. Free shipping w/ $40+ purchase.

> This weekend only, 20% off everything. Use code: EVERYTHING20

Smashbox > Save this weekend only

Shoe Buy > $15 off $70/more, $25 off $100/more and $75 off $275/more. Free shipping and returns. Expires: June2, 2013

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Oklahoma Tornados

I want to keep this short because things here are just so out of control. As some or most of you know I live in Oklahoma City. Sunday and Monday we we hit with many tornado's.

Sundays tornado hit the Edmond area (15 minutes from me) and the Shawnee area (30 minutes from me). A mobile home park was wiped away. That was an EF4 (166-200 mph).

Mondays tornado was an EF5 (more than 200 mph). The 2 miles wide tornado wiped away most of the city of Moore (15 minutes from me). The devastation is too much for words and the loss of life is heart breaking.

People have been so very generous in donating supplies but as of today, supplies are overwhelming those who are collecting. What is so very needed is MONEY donations.

Please keep in mind that their are scammers out there and that money will NOT reach those in need. IF you would like to make a donation please make it to the OKLAHOMA American Red Cross. Donating to the local chapter keeps the money HERE in Oklahoma and will help those with shelter, food, clothing, necessities etc. Remember these victims have lost EVERYTHING. Can you imagine no toothbrush? No feminine product? No clothing? No pet food? No food? No medication? No car? These people are in desperate need.

Oklahoma Red Cross

Pet Food Pantry - OKC

Read about Sprouts assisting with tornado relief and how YOU can help.


Sunday, May 19, 2013


GIVEAWAY: 6 Products from Be A Bombshell Cosmetics! Ends June 2, 2013 - USA only

MAC Cosmetics styled birthday cake

I work with two amazing ladies. I have worked with both for over a year. We all started out on one team and now we are on a completely different team. Desiree and I are under the same supervisor, while Taiese is under another supervisor.

Anywho, Friday was Desiree's birthday and she received the most perfect cake for her, a make-up cake, specifically a MAC Cosmetics styled birthday cake.

I HAD to blog it and with Desiree's permission and Taiese's photography here it is:

Credit: Permission to blog cake: Desiree
Credit: Photo and permission to blog photo: Taiese

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day

I'm blessed to have a very special mum. We don't always see eye to eye but she has been there for me in the worst and best of times. I got mum one of the Target/Vera (Neumann) scarves. Mum has always collected scarves, especially when she travled the world. A few years ago I started buying her vintage Vera scarfes. I'm excited that Target did this colloboration. I hope to go back and stock up on a few extras for her.

I don't have 'human' babies but I do have 4 legged babies.

Introducing ...

Sally aka Sally-Monella -

Sally is 2 yrs and 7 months. She is a Rottenees (1/2 Rottweiler and 1/2 Great Pyrenees). I got her when she was 5 months old. I was her 3rd home and now she has a forever home with me. She's a hefty girl at 102 pounds. She snores, slobbers and loves to chew and break up branches. Her favourite toy is a latex chicken. I call it her 'baby', which she carries around and slobbers all over it. She likes to lay her head on me when laying on the sofa. For a big dog she has a very high-pitched bark but a very lovely growl. She likes to patrol the backyard for critters ... raccoons, birds, squirrels and opossums. When she was a pup she usually slept on her back. She does every once in a while now and when she does she snore up a storm or she lets her tongue hang out.


Lucky aka Merpy/Merple -

Lucky is 1 year and 7 months. She is 27 pounds. I got her as a playmate for Sally. I wanted another female, mixed breed, big dog as her playmate. Mum scoured the paper and found some Pitbull mix/German Shepard mix pips. Mum and I went and looked at the pups. It was so sad. First it was a FREEZING October day and pups were all hiding behind tires. The momma took off when we came on the property. Anyway, Lucky was the only female I could catch. She was so tiny and shivering. I put her inside my hoodie and took her home. Sally fell in love with her. She played momma to her. They get along really well, except when it comes to food.. Though I think Lucky's momma got with another dog because Lucky does not look anything close to Pitbull mix or German Shepard mix. She looks very terrier - Jack Russell to be exact mixed with who knows what else. She has a forever home.

If you are looking for a pet, please look in your local paper for *free* pets, check out your local animal shelters or foster a pet. I'm amazed at how many previous pets I've had that I have found in my neighbourhood (dumped animals) that nobody has claimed. It's so sad and chicken-shit that a person can just dump an animal.

Rawrrrrrr I'm gonna attack your paws!!!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Le Métier de Beauté and ALS Awareness Month = Lid's for Lou Gehrig's Disease

Something very close to my heart is ALS. My father passed away from complications to ALS. I won't go into much detail but here is the basics of his story.

Daddy was always so healthy. I don't remember him ever missing work or being sick, except for his allergies (which I inherited). As he got older and finally got onto Medicare/Medicaid, things started going a bit downhill for him. He had to have a pacemaker put in for a slow heartbeat (brachycardia), rotater cuff repair, hernia repair and then something went terribly wrong with him. Mum and I thought he had, had a stroke. It took over a year to find out what was wrong with him. Diagnosis was Progressive bulbar palsy. PBP is a rare form of ALS. It affects the tongue, speech, neck muscles, lung muscles, eyes etc, first and then the limbs lastly (unlike regular ALS that effects the limbs first). Mum and I were heartbroken. Daddy, the usual strong man he was, didn't flinch. I don't know if he thought it would pass or he could take a pill but he never complained or said 'Why me?'. At first when his speech was diminishing mum and I would have to play the 'guessing game' with what he wanted to say. We got pretty good at it. He was given a machine to type on (kind of like a mini computer) but that didn't last long as it was frustrating for him to type out what he wanted. I ended up making cards for him ... bathroom, hungry, pray, sleep, nap, thirsty, shower, Dr etc. Those worked very well. He also got a feeding tube. Because he could not swallow well, the saliva would come out his mouth = drool. It was pretty bad. Insurance would not pay for him to have Botox injections, so mum was hooked up with a very nice man who actually paid for daddy to have the injections. The man sent the money to his ALS Dr who in-turn gave daddy the shots. His drool got a bit better, but then bad again. Because daddy missed 'eating' I would make his food in a blender. I would do 2 cans of his 'food' plus what ever was cooked for breakfast, lunch or din-din. I would make 7 cards for breakfast and lunch and he would pick out what he wanted. Din-din was easy since I always cooked it anyway. It was a mess making his food because their was a lot of trial and error. It had to be way thin to go in his tube. Had I thought about it, I should have bought a baby food maker. The Spring before he died, he seemed to plateau. Then he quickly went downhill. By that time his limbs started to fail. I don't want to talk much about his death. I called our Rabbi to meet us at the hospital. I grabbed everything I would need to stay the night (it was almost midnight). When we got to the hospital, they put mum and I in a room, I knew he had passed. I was so numb that when the Dr came in and said he had passed, I just stared blankly into the wall. I couldn't look at mum. Some guy from the hospital came in to talk to us but both mum and I told him he could leave, as our Rabbi was on his way. Our Rabbi got daddy prepared to spend the evening in a room. I decided to stay with his body since the funeral home was closed.

One thing I would like to say is that NOBODY can prepare you for what you will go through, no pamphlets, no books no talks with the Dr ... NOTHING. Family is a must. Mum and I kept daddy at home and never had hospice come in. Mum and I became a good team taking care of him. Mum gave up so much (WILLINGLY) to take care of him. She is an amazing woman.

I had worked for the MDA many years ago and they do so much good. If you are looking to support a very good cause please support MDA and please support ALSA.

Funding is very needed because their is no cure. When someone is diagnosed with ALS, they will die from it.

ALS is called an ‘orphan disease’ and it affects fewer than 200,000 people in the U.S. An orphan disease does not get adopted by the pharmaceutical industry because it provides little financial incentive for the private sector to make and market new medications to treat or prevent it. Their is NO cure for ALS. No medication can stop it, no operation can stop it and no life style change can stop it. ALS will kill the person who suffers from it. Many research facilities receive no federal or state funding and depend solely on philanthropy.

Local fire departments will be doing the MDA Boot Drive this month. You may see these hunky men standing at popular street corners/medians. If you have any spare change please throw it in the boot. You are helping to save lives.
Thank you.

I'm so happy to know that LMDB is teaming up with ALSA and spreading the word. Plus they are generously giving to the cause.

Lids for Lou Gehrig’s Disease:
In honor of ALS Awareness Month, Le Métier de Beauté is teaming with Lids for Lou Gehrig’s Disease. This drive will go towards raising money, awareness and finding a cure for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s).

Starting Sunday night, May 5th through Sunday, May 10th, ­ the Eye Kaleidoscopes and goodies will be placed on for bidding. 100% of the proceeds earned from “Lid’s for Lou Gehrig’s Disease” kaleidoscope campaign will go directly to the ALS Association. LMDB will be donating 10% to the ALS Association for EVERY sale made on their E-commerce site May 5th through May 12th.

Donate $100 or more on the tribute fund page that has been set up at, Le Métier de Beauté will send a thank you package of beauty goodies.

What is ALS? The Facts:

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord resulting in muscle weakness and atrophy.
Upon diagnosis, the life expectancy of an ALS patient ranges from 2 to 5 years.
Only 10% will survive more than 10 years
For the vast majority, their mind and thoughts are not impaired and remain sharp despite the progressive degenerating condition of the body.
ALS can strike anyone. There is currently no cure.

What We Can Do. “Lids for Lou Gehrig’s” Mission:

Give a voice. The goal behind Le Métier de Beauté ‘s “Lids for Lou Gehrig’s” campaign is to open more eyes to this devastating disease. Knowledge is power and can bring us one step closer to finding a cure. Your participation, voice and donations can directly impact thousands of people and their family members whose lives have been affected by ALS.
To learn more about ALS and the ALS Association, visit